Graduate Programs

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (formerly the MS in Public Affairs) program is an 18-month, interdisciplinary, professional degree program with evening classes and occasional weekend seminars to accommodate working professionals.  The MPA prepares students for careers in public service and enhances the skills of those already employed in the public sector. Graduates of this program will analyze current policy issues and concentrate on topics relating to metropolitan Boston, Massachusetts, and New England.

Application deadline for all tracks of the MPA: April 15 for priority consideration for fall admission; May 1 is the final deadline for all applicants, including international students. Applications received after April 15 will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

PhD in Public Policy

The PhD Program in Public Policy at UMass Boston is a full-time day program for the first two years of study or part-time day program for the first three years. Our commitment to social change is anchored in our interdisciplinary, applied policy curriculum. Students typically complete their coursework and dissertation research in five to seven years.

Application deadline: February 1 for fall admissions.

Graduate Certificate Program in Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy

In the Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy Program, graduates will be prepared to serve at all levels of government, take on leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, hold elected office, and pursue advanced degrees, most frequently in law and public policy. Students enroll in six evening courses and participate in a 200-hour internship to complete the graduate certificate in nine months.

Application deadline: June 1 for fall admissions, May 1 for international students

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